Thursday, May 28, 2009

Home Sweet...Demolition?!?

Here is a picture of our dinning room Elizabeth took 2 weeks ago. Our dinning room has looked like this for the past 12 years, and sitting around our table as a family has been pretty snug for the past 4 years :) Good thing Wesley still sits in a highchair because once you get 10 chairs pulled up to our table there isn't any room for Wesley.

This picture is of our dinning room looking back towards our kitchen. Our kitchen has been functional over the years, but times have changed. Over the past few years as we have added children we have also had to add more dishes, and lots more food. A couple of years ago we bought the bakers shelf you see to hold some of our food and kitchen gadgets. The open door you see in the background goes to our laundry/mud room, we just put in new attic stairs, the new addition has been sheet rocked and now ready to week :)

The china was brought out the day after Mother's Day, but not to serve a meal on.

It was placed ever so gently on the table to be packed away for safe keeping.

This is what happened a few days later, Arthur began tearing out our dinning room.

The walls were taken down piece by piece.

After the dinning room walls were removed, they worked their way towards the kitchen. We live in an older home and under our dinning room and kitchen walls was paneling. We will be putting sheet rock back up, and painting... no wallpaper.

Arthur is great at cleaning as he goes. For those of you who don't know him I'll let you in on a little something Arthur is a clean nut, he has taught me a few things over the years. We have laughed at times talking about how we are making our kids just like us...sorry kids :)

This is the kitchen /dinning room a few days into the demolition, with a lot of work ahead.

Arthur and Amanda are taking down the center set of cabinets that divided the dinning room from the kitchen (I meant to place this picture before the one above). By removing this center set of cabinets it has opened up the whole room, and it seems so big.

Not only did we decide to remodel the dinning room and kitchen, but also the hallway bathroom...remember the one that I just did a little make over to at Christmas...HERE ! Arthur is cutting through the 2x4 to pull out the tub, it's cast iron and we couldn't get it out through the door and hall.

He pulled off the old tile and then the drywall, it all came off really fast.

It took Arthur, the 3 girls, and myself to get the tub out of the bathroom. We placed it on a furniture dolly and off they rolled it to the street for the city to pick up...thankful that was the next day and we didn't have a mess in our yard for long.

So now you can be in the bathroom, dinning room, and kitchen all at the same time...the mess just keeps growing. We are going to finish the kitchen/dinning room before we start back working on the bathroom. In the end all the tile will be removed from the bathroom. We will put in a new vanity, shower, floor, and sheet rock the bathroom.

We decided to put can lights in the ceiling, and do away with the ceiling fan and fluorescent light. Arthur taped everything up so that the ceiling dust mixed with attic insulation didn't go everywhere. This was a "big" job and very nasty, Arthur was a mess! I have a few pictures I'll try to post those. In the end the can lights are going to be beautiful and Arthur said it was worth the hot/dirty job that took him a over half a day. We kept the plastic up over the area where the wall to the bathroom goes, so it doesn't look so funny.

At the moment our kitchen is in our living room, in very tight quarters. These are all pictures of what we have done over the past 2 weeks, it doesn't even look like this now. I guess that means I need to update this post, like by tomorrow! I'm so far behind on the blog I'm trying to catch up with myself :)

Now you can see why blogging has been placed on the back burner, between the pool mess, our house, store, school, kids and life in general I can't seem to find time. I'm not complaining I'm very excited about all that's taking place in our house, and all so quickly. I can't wait to cook in our new kitchen!


Christine said...

Wow! There is something about expecting that makes me want to rearrange everything in sight and have John build or create something.
I'm sure the hassle will be well worth it in the long run, as long as it is done by August! :)
Christine @ Live to Learn

Beth said...

WOW - looks like a great change!!! How handy that you guys can do it all yourself too!!

Hope you're taking care of yourself and the new little Munck in the midst of all this!

Lyndi said...

Wow, I can't wait to see the finished product!

Chris said...

How exciting!!!

Amy said...

Wow! That's a BIG job. I just thought our patio project and trying to meet with a design consultant about furniture for two rooms was lot for us right now. Can't wait to see the end product!

The Pauls' Family said...

Wow, looks like a lot of fun....and work. Renos are not that great while in the midst of them, but the finished product is something to look forward to. And we look forward to seeing it in person :) Can hardly wait!

Sunny said...

Wow. You've got a big job ahead of you. I bet it will be so nice when it is all done. I can't wait to see the final product!

The Adventures of a Simple Life said...

How exciting for you guys! Your house was nice before...can't wait to see it when it is done!

Heather, Stan and the kids said...

WOW Laura!! I LOVE stuff like this and am so excited for you guys! I can't wait to see the next round of pictures! We have about 1500 sq ft here in DE so I am about to start knocking a wall or 3 down myself ;) Ok-not really but I liked saying it ;) We miss you guys!

JennyH said...

Oh my goodness!! Those are some huge projects. Sounds like you guys are great at doing that type of stuff though.

We'll be waiting to see the 'after' pictures...